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Brevann – a summer tee…

Brevann is Norwegian for glacier water – just what this color reminds me of.

It´s knit top-down with raglan sleeves and v-neck. I´ve added two rows of simple rib (k1, p1), before the i-cord bind off. The front, back and sides have a faux seam, and the four different panels are knit in different lengths, creating a slightly asymmetric hem.

  • Pattern: My own (link to my ravelry project)
  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Luna Grey Fiber Arts, Aquila. Fingering / 4 ply, 80% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere, 397 meters / 100 grams
  • Needles: 3,5 mm / US 4

I´ve been doing a lot of sewing lately – due to a sore elbow. Too much knitting I´m afraid – and especially too much knitting using traditional 100% wool yarn, which I find harder on the arms. I probably knit too tight too… I have to do a bit of research on my knitting-technique – because giving up knitting altogether is certainly not an option. So knitting this summer-tee in this great merino/cashmere yarn was sort of a vacation for my elbow – sort of…

The great thing about sewing – compared to knitting – is speed! You can sew a lot of garments in the time it takes to knit a simple summer-tee… While the great thing about knitting – compared to sewing – is that you can knit almost anywhere, and you don´t need machinery and the same amount of specific tools…

A bit of both pleases me, and I´ve “re-discovered” my sewing-room – which has been left to collect dust and all the “bits & pieces” a home not necessarily knows where to put. So I´ve cleaned it out, and am currently in the process of finishing hibernating projects. I might give you “the tour” one day…

…and if the “thief” would most kindly tell me where my best fabric scissors are (because it´s not me…?!) …please? …pretty please?


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The joy of purling…

I currently find myself purling – a lot! This is something I usually avoid. I tend to choose projects I can knit in the round – with a minimum of purled stitches. I´d much rather steek than purl, and I tend to choose my projects with this in mind.

Then I started my Landfall, and finished my BlueSand Cardigan. And all of a sudden I´m «blind» to the downside of purling, and plan my projects without restrictions. I´ll be fed up in a while, but until then – I purl…

To me, purling is also a summer-phenomenon. When using cotton, linen and silk – the typical summer fibres, steeking is a bit harder, and the drape of the fabric will in my mind be disturbed. Which is why I never knit typical summer garments. Also, I´m Norwegian – I wear wool all year ´round, and if you put in the hours to knit a summer top, you usually end up slapping your own head in September for only wearing it twice!

So this season I´m going for «fusion». The materials will be mostly wool, mixed with some cashmere and silk, – and a lot of purling. For no obvious reasons – other than the fun of constructing without limitations…

summer top

summer top

First up is a summer top in lace weight 80% wool / 20 % cashmere (640m (700yd) / 100g), col. «kit» (putty), from garnudsalg.dk, knit on needles 3,5 mm (US 4). My gauge is 26 st(s) / 10 cm. It´s deliciously lightweight and soft, and I love the color which has a subtle tweedy look to it. It´s knit from the short-row shaped shoulders and down, back first –  down to the underarm, and then the front down to the underarm, where all the st(s) are gathered on a circular needle, and the body are knit in the round. St(s) for the short sleeves will be picked up from the upper-body, and finally the st(s) for the neck-line will be picked up and knit in the round. I haven´t decided yet whether to shape the hem with short rows, or to create some drape in another way …we´ll see. I´ve still got some endless hours of stockinette ahead of me…

baseball sweater

baseball sweater

My second project is a baseball sweater in fingering weight merino. I´m using tosh merino light for the first time, and I can see why this yarn is popular. It´s wonderfully soft! As a design feature I wanted the shoulders of this Raglan sweater to be purled in a contrast yarn. I have chosen Numma Numma, Panna sock, col «Vintage Velvet» lot B. The fact that these two yarns are so close in color just adds to the fun of it! All this purling for almost no reason!! The tosh´s color is «Black Panther», and the sweater is knit on needles 3mm (US 2,5) and my gauge is 27 st(s) / 10 cm. The second sleeve is almost done, and I´m looking forward to starting on the body. Being so similar in color also means I can go a bit «crazy» in creating the details without it being too obvious…

 

 

 

fog-and-whisper-2_medium2This seasons third project will be Veera Välimäkis «Fog and Whisper» …I think. I haven´t started it yet, but it would be a perfect way to use my WalkCollection´s Cozy Silky Fingering in the color «Stone». I´ve got 3 skeins of this beautiful yarn.

WalkCollection silky merino

WalkCollection silky merino

The color reminds me of oxidized silver. It has a vintage glow to it, and would be perfect for a summer cardigan. I´m concerned it might look too shiny, and I think I will use the purled side out, and an option is also to knit 3/4 sleeves, should I run out of yarn. I have told myself to finish one of the two other mentioned projects before I cast on for this one…


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Winter ♥ II…

I´ve finished my second Winter ♥. The first one I knitted for my daughter, and I just had to have one for myself. It´s the perfect slouchy, oversized, raglan, longer-in-the-back, «goes with anything» kind of sweater, and it´s an easy knit on large needles. The yarn: Drops ♥ You #3, a «thick´n thin» alpaca/wool based yarn is knit on 5 mm ( US 8) needles, and produces an interresting texture without any hazzle… Great for this kind of garment!

This will be my new favorite, – as it has been for my daughter!

I´ve got more of this yarn, and I´m thinking of a grandpa-style cardigan, following the same pattern as in the sweater. I´d have to knit it flat with a v-neck and add button-bands and pockets …I think…

I´ve got a pattern for this sweater nearly ready, and though this is a very easy knit, I wrote the pattern for an «educational» reason. I wanted to show by graph and by pictures the way to do short-rows and how to shape a neckline. This sweater is knit top-down, a great way to knit a sweater, because you can try on the garment along the way and adjust the measurements to your size.

Knitting, and in particular knitting-design, includes a ton of calculating: yardage, gauge, numbers of stitches or rows, – and how does this all go together for the different sizes…? And I have some calculating left before finishing writing this pattern.

If you´re ever in need of a engineer to calculate the next lift-off to the moon or oil-drilling project in the North-Sea, call a knitting-designer! On the top of my head; – I would recommend you to call La Maison Rililie, Veera Välimäki, Helga Isager or Lene Holme Samsøe, – or any other designer. But please, don´t call me! I´m a novise at the game, – and by the way, I´m busy 🙂


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“Plucky Everyday” now also in Norwegian…

Scroll down for Norwegian / norsk lengre nede på siden….

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

My free pattern “Plucky Everyday” was rewritten a while ago, and I´ve long wanted to translate it to Norwegian (yes; I write my patterns mainly in English, which is quite awkward, being Norwegian…) I blame Ravelry! I had to learn to knit in English to get access to all the wonderful patterns out there, and I find English / American knitting patterns to be much richer in details than the Norwegian ones, both in instructions and construction. This has “leveled” out some over the last years, but I quite often have to squeeze my brain trying to translate very common English knitting-terms to Norwegian. The terms simply does not exist in Norwegian, or; they are described in a rather difficult way… In this instance I´ve had to make up a totally new term for explaining krl and kll, an important part of the “Plucky Everyday” pattern. I hope the Norwegian readers will excuse me for this, and I also hope I haven´t missed it if there actually are a term for this…

Norsk:

Jeg har endelig fått tid til å oversette “Plucky Everyday” genser-mønsteret til norsk! Dette mønsteret ble første gang publisert på Ravelry i september 2012, og har blitt lastet ned intet mindre enn 2956 ganger siden den gang… Dette er et gratismønster, og mønsteret gir bare instruksjoner for en størrelse (M – 38/40), men kan lett gjøres mindre el. større…

Plucky Everyday

Plucky Everyday

  • Inspirasjon: Purl Bee´s: «Everyday Linen Raglan»
  • Garn: «Plucky Feet» fra Plucky Knitter, 373g. av 460 g / 1 555 m. (4 hesper)
  • Kan byttes ut med garn tilsvarende ca 338m /pr 100g. (169m / 50g)
  • Farge: «Medieval», 90% merino + 10% nylon.
  • Pinner: Rundpinne 80 cm + 40 + strømpepinner: nr: 3 + 3,5mm
  • Strikkefasthet: 22m x 36 rader = 10 cm x 10 cm
  • Teknikk: fra-toppen-og-ned, ragland, på rundpinne, sømløs
  • Størrelse: 38 – 40 (M)
  • Spesielle teknikker: midlertidig oppleggskant + øke med markeringsmaske

Mønsteret inneholder linker til de nødvendige teknikkene, og jeg har laget en bildeinstruksjon for å forklare prinsippet med å øke med markeringsmaske. På engelsk heter denne teknikken krl og kll (knitting right loop og knitting left loop). Jeg har kalt økningene ØMMH + ØMMV (øke med markeringmaske høyre, og øke med markeringsmaske venstre). Her er bildeforklaringen:

ØMMH og ØMMV

ØMMH og ØMMV

For mer informasjon om garnalternativ og modifikasjoner, se; projects/woolandgathering/plucky-everyday

Jeg har startet på en ny “Plucky Everyday” genser, denne gang i BaaRamEwe´s: “Titus” i farge kull, mest for å kunne renskrive mønsteret, -men det er jo synd å rekke opp en lekker genser i et enda lekrere garn?! …bare å strikke videre!!